– Kenneth Rapoport, Founder and CEO, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), says: Data Center Infrastructure Trends

Being in the industry for nearly three decades, I’ve experienced all of the different elements that can make or break a data center.  Trends come and go; some succeed in making a lasting impression while others simply fade away.

As the industry evolves, technologies such as cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) are growing alongside it at an incredible rate, forcing mission-critical facilities to change the fundamental ways in which they operate.  In 2015, data center owners and operators will see three important trends: in-row cooling, eco-mode for Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems and rack mounted Power Distribution Units (PDUs).

Staying ahead of the curve is critical in this industry, and embracing these trends will allow operators to offer the most modern technology solutions for customers.  Let’s take a further look into exactly what these trends are, how they work, and how they can help you develop a superior data center environment.

In-Row Cooling

Today, many data center operators are opting for in-row cooling units versus the traditional perimeter Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units thanks to the myriad of benefits this new technology can offer.  With the in-row model, cooling becomes highly efficient, providing heat exchange in close proximity to server loads and virtually eliminating the need to cool the entire room. This method of cooling the cold aisle can be a perfect fit for high-density loads. Operators can also choose from a wide array of particular cooling methods including air-cooling, water/glycol, chilled water or liquid refrigerant.  I expect this approach to be adopted throughout smaller enterprise data centers and server rooms as opposed to larger colocation spaces. With simplified installation and maintenance, in-row cooling could potentially be a great investment for your facility.

Eco-Mode for UPS Systems

Eco-mode is the new way to save on energy costs within modern data centers.  In this set-up, the UPS will automatically switch to operate in bypass mode with some minor filtering.  Essentially, this new power system provides the load with energy from the bypass source without the electrical load of the inverter, leaving you with a much smaller energy bill.  With the use of this technology, the UPS has the ability to switch back to online mode without disrupting the load if the utility source goes out of tolerance.  It is important, however, to make sure this technology is being used in the right situation and environment.  A great example where eco-mode could be highly effective is within redundant facility architectures in which one UPS system is online feeding the A-side distribution, while the other is feeding the B-side in eco-mode.

Rack-Mounted PDUs

Rack-mounted PDUs offer a unique way to power a data center by placing the power directly in the racks near equipment –where it is most needed.  These PDUs also possess the capability to monitor current and control outlets right over the clients’ network, making operational management a cinch. With this trend, however, there are a few drawbacks.  Rack-mounted PDUs can be very expensive and require regular maintenance to run at peak efficiency, making them much more likely to be used within a large enterprise setting.

If you’re interested in learning more about the latest in data center technology or looking to find the right solutions to fit your unique needs, EEC is here to help with hands-on attention and customized solutions to help you get the most out of your mission-critical facility.  Learn more about Electronic Environments Corporation by visiting our website at www.eecnet.com, or email info@eecnet.com.